As a third-generation stylist, Toni Neal grew up learning how to handle and treat hair. She watched her mother teach cosmetology, and she even helped her grandmother run the family salon. These formative experiences inspired Toni to continue the family tradition, and she eventually opened her own salons. She's hired a staff of haircare professionals who share her passion for using artistic intuition coupled with the latest cosmetic advancements to give clients distinctive, yet natural styles that flatter all hair types. At Toni Neal Salon Theory, the team specializes in using extensions to add length, fullness, or even a splash of color to clients' hair, though the stylists are equally adept at basic trims, styling sessions, and bubblegum-removal treatments.
Haircuts are never one size fits all. That’s why the stylists at Melange Hair Studios tailor their services to create looks that suit their clients’ lifestyles and personalities. This individual attention is the hallmark of all of their beautifying services, from cuts and coloring to relaxers and updos. Facials ensure freshly trimmed hair has a polished place, and body wraps enhanced with aloe, clay, and infrared heat smooth cellulite and contour physiques. Head-to-toe pampering is conducted in an elegant salon space accented with polished wood styling stations, tall mirrors, and the ghosts of split ends past.
Ja'Nay Henry, the master stylist behind HenJa Designs, is well-versed in caring for strands of all lengths and textures. Keeping natural hair healthy is one of her primary specialties: clients can stop in for loc maintenance, or treatments the employ 98.6? organic shampoos and conditioners, designed to boost growth and infuse lustrous shine. Henry can also create instant length with extensions made from sleek wefts of virgin hair from around the world, including Brazil, Cambodia, Russia, and Narnia. Facial waxing and nail-design services complete the makeover experience.
Having dominated the stage at Magic City and lent her moves to multiple music videos—including Jay-Z's "Excuse Me Miss"—Gigi Maguire now hopes to pass down her spotlight-fetching expertise. At PoleFanAddicts Inc., she and her team of instructors draw from an impressive range of dance styles to impart rhythm, moxie, and muscle. From a class that focuses entirely on Beyonce's choreography to a ballet-inspired pole workout, sessions cover sultry steps in all of their forms. Instructors also lead seven distinct levels of pole-dancing, teaching students to go upside down in gradual steps until level seven, when they are right-side up again.
Signature Service: Healthcare
Brands Used: Advanced Coloration, Design Essentials, Essentials, Naked
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: Excellent customer service and friendly environment
"As artists," writes Helmet founder Randy Addison, "we wouldn't want to sculpt something only to have someone else paint it." This sums up the salon's start-to-finish approach to salon treatments?the stylists and colorists are one and the same. They transform clients' manes in a laid-back, welcoming environment that allows the staff to focus solely on creating flattering coiffures tailored to the needs of the head on which they rest. Armed with products from Aveda and Bumble and bumble, they snip, shape, blow-out, and color locks with aplomb. The team views each hairstyle as a collaboration between patron and stylist, brought to life through the latter's vision, skill, and shears, and the former's personality, features, and ability to sit still in a chair.